Born and raised in Birmingham Alabama, Margaret Wrinkle is the author of the novel Wash, which reexamines American slavery in ways that challenge contemporary assumptions about race, power, history and healing. Published by Grove/Atlantic, Wash is a New York Times Editors’ Choice, an O, The Oprah Magazine top ten books to pick up now and a People magazine 4 star pick. It has been short listed for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and nominated for the Crook’s Corner Prize for debut Southern novel. Wrinkle has earned a BA and an MA in English from Yale University and has also studied traditional West African spiritual practices with Malidoma Somé. She has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute and lives in rural New Mexico.